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I am wondering what the most efficient method is to add a javascript file specifically for a post and/or page.

Here are a few solutions I came up with:

  • Switch to HTML editing view and post your JavaScript in there (pretty bad solution)
  • Custom fields with the specific JavaScript for that post/page in the key & value pairs
  • In footer.php, load JavaScript files depending on which page you're on (this leads to a lot of conditionals though)

On a side note, none of the JavaScript files will be shared between pages - it will literally be specific to what you're currently viewing.

Any thoughts?

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Meta boxes / custom fields are your best option – Miha Rekar Oct 10 '12 at 19:33
How would you define efficiency? – toscho Oct 10 '12 at 19:44
By 'efficient' I mean the least amount of code redundancy and the most effective way to go about doing this specifically for a single post/page. – mousesports Oct 10 '12 at 20:44
up vote 9 down vote accepted

I think the best balance between efficiency, and using proper wordpress methods for adding javascript would look something like this, as an example.


function load_scripts() {
    global $post;
    wp_register_script( 'home', get_template_directory_uri() . '/js/home.js', array('jquery'));
    wp_register_script( 'about', get_template_directory_uri() . '/js/about.js', array('jquery'));
    wp_register_script( 'somepost', get_template_directory_uri() . '/js/somepost.js', array('jquery'));

    if( is_page() || is_single() )
            case 'home':
            case 'about':
            case 'some-post':

add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'load_scripts');

This gives you full control over what gets loaded where, a centralized location in your themes functions.php file for editing what gets loaded where: and, this way uses wordpress methods for adding javascript to your posts and pages safely.

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Nice little function. You're right about it being useful to have a 'centralized location'. Thanks a bunch. – mousesports Oct 10 '12 at 21:57
No problem mouse! If you like my solution, please accept my answer by clicking on the checkmark to the left of it, under the up/down vote arrows. – Ben Oct 10 '12 at 23:42
I guess this can be cleaned up a bit. You're basically checking the same thing with two different switch-cases. I'd say combine both switch-cases, and the conditional if could be if (is_page() || is_single()). What do you think Ben? – mousesports Oct 11 '12 at 1:40
Sounds like an improvement to me. Good one! – Ben Oct 11 '12 at 2:01

What I would do is either place in the footer or header and use php conditionals.

For example:

<?php if (is_page ('your-page')){?>

  <script type="text/javascript" src"the file path"></script>

<?php } elseif ( is_page ('another')){?>

  <script type="text/javascript" src"the file path"></script>

<?php } else { ?>

  <script type="text/javascript" src"the file path"></script>

<?php } ?>

This way your not calling all the scripts all the time on each page load and your only calling the ones you need.

Here is a link to the Wordpress codex http://codex.wordpress.org/Conditional_Tags

And if you have special scripts that might only need to be called on a per post basis use custom fields.

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Thanks Nicole - this was #3. It's a decent solution considering I'm not going to have many pages... still considering it. – mousesports Oct 10 '12 at 20:45
Whati have above can used with the various items of the wordpress codex such as: is_categories, is_single (for posts), is_post_type ... I added a link to wordpress's conditional list in my answer above. – Nicole Oct 10 '12 at 20:48

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